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Sea Adventurer Cabins

4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating
10 reviews
Editor Rating
Sarah Schlichter
Cruise Critic Contributor

Sea Adventurer's cabins are not particularly luxurious, but they're clean and functional, and all have either a porthole or at least one window. There are no balconies. Every stateroom, even the suites, has twin beds fixed to the floor, with no double/queen/king options.

While you can lock your door from the inside, you won't receive a keycard; all cabins remain unlocked when passengers are at dinner or out on excursions. Valuables can be stowed in your in-room safe. (Note that the safes are not large enough to hold most laptops. Many passengers bring them anyway, and security was never an issue on our sailing.)

The most spacious cabins onboard are the three suites on the Captain's Deck. The Owner's Suite -- the largest at 260 square feet -- is the only cabin on the ship with both a bathtub and a shower. A separate sitting area is furnished with a sofa, small table and chairs and a desk with chair. Four small wardrobes offer plenty of storage space, with hangers and drawers inside. The Owner's Suite boasts two sets of windows looking out onto an exterior walkway.

The Admiral Byrd Suite is a little less spacious (220 square feet) and has a smaller sitting area with a couch, chair and table. It also has four small wardrobes, a desk and chair and two sets of windows looking out onto an exterior walkway.

The Leif Erikson Suite is similar in size and layout to the Admiral Byrd Suite, except that one of its windows has a view obstructed by a set of stairs outside.

The suites are the only cabins with minibars.

Five Deluxe cabins are located mostly on the Upper Deck, with one on the Captain's Deck near the suites. These average about 150 square feet and have windows looking out onto an exterior walkway. Many of them are triples, with a bunk bed that folds down above one of the twin beds. On the same deck are Superior cabins, which have similar windows and layouts but are a bit smaller (approximately 140 square feet).

Most of the ship's cabins are on the Main Deck. Six triples with portholes are clustered in the bow near the gym (130 square feet on average), followed by six doubles with portholes in the center of the deck. The other 18 cabins on this level are doubles with windows looking straight out over open water. The double cabins on this deck vary slightly in size but average about 135 square feet. There are 18 more doubles with portholes on the Lower Deck, offering about 130 square feet of space.

The decor is similar in all of the cabins -- wood paneling and nautical prints on the walls, scratchy blue duvets on the beds, a wooden desk with a mirror and chair, and cheerful blue and yellow curtains to block the polar sun when it's time to sleep. (If the curtains aren't thick enough, both windows and portholes have shades as well.) You can control the temperature of your stateroom via a thermostat, which has a handy Fahrenheit/Celsius conversion chart posted alongside it.

Storage space is adequate. All cabins have either four narrow wardrobes or two wider ones, with drawers and plenty of hangers inside (as well as a full-length mirror). There are also hooks and racks where you can hang your Quark-issued parkas and life jackets. Suitcases can be stowed under the beds.

Each cabin has a small flat-screen TV with four channels: one that scrolls through the day's program, another that offers a closed-circuit feed from the front of the main lounge (enabling passengers to tune into the nightly lectures from their cabins) and two that air a rotating selection of nature documentaries and movies. There's also a DVD player if you want to put on your own entertainment.

Power outlets in the cabin are limited to a couple of 220-volt, European-style plugs above the desk. There's also a 110-volt shaver outlet in the bathroom. The cabin has an overhead light, a light above the desk and individual reading lamps over each bed. (One exception: Beds that are arranged perpendicular to each other share a single lamp on a night table in between.)

You'll find spare pillows and blankets in your wardrobes. Quark also offers a hair dryer and bathrobes for use during your sailing.

Cabins are tidied twice a day, including an evening turndown. (Though we had mints on our pillows each evening, we never saw any towel animals.) Laundry service is available -- including washing, pressing or both -- from $1 to $10 per item, depending on the type of clothing and the service you need. You'll have your clothes back within 48 hours.

Other than the Owner's Suite, which has a bathtub and a more spacious shower, all of the cabins have fairly similar, utilitarian bathrooms. Blue non-slip rubber covers much of the floor for safety in rough seas, and there's no fully enclosed shower stall, just a curtain that occasionally gets a little clingy. Larger passengers may feel a tad cramped in the shower, but the water pressure is good and the temperature satisfyingly hot. A retractable clothesline stretches across the top of the shower for hanging wet garments.

Wall dispensers are stocked with honey-and-vanilla-scented liquid soap, conditioning shampoo and body wash by ProTerra, an environmentally friendly brand. You'll also find Ocean Mist hand and body lotion, a Bhuvana shower cap and a Duke and Lyle Collection vanity kit with cotton wipes and swabs for removing makeup.

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